10 Interesting Psychological Facts About Love
While folks still insist that love is a purely emotional activity, the scientific community has found in the last few years that it is more than just that. They have found that love can be pretty similar to a chemical reaction at times, and that it is not necessarily a choice whether we fall in love with certain people or not. Just like chemical reactions, there are a combination of indicators we can and can’t see in the process. Some of these indicators are actually chemical reactions themselves, as the body releases chemicals or moderates itself for loss of chemicals. Here are ten psychological facts about love that may alter how you look at someone next time they tell you they’re in love.
Sometimes love can cause people to do things they might not otherwise, like these outrageously creative wedding proposals. There might be a few interesting ideas for those of you considering proposing to your loved ones anytime soon.
A broken heart will actually hurt.
Different areas of the brain deal with certain feelings and emotions, but a recent study has found that two areas of the brain that respond to physical pain will also respond to feelings such as social rejection. Being dumped is a form of social rejection, so the idea that breaking up could cause physical pain and discomfort is very real. Not to mention the social discomfort you get the next time you see the object of your desire in public.
Love can help you get better grades.
Falling in love can help calm the body, and it has been found to increase the levels of nerve growth factor for up to a year. NGFs has been linked to increased longevity and mental capacity, meaning that falling in love at the beginning of a semester could help increase your chances of acing a final exam. It’s not recommended that you use this in place of actually going to class and studying, though.